Air Canada Rouge And Sunwing Launch Mexico Flights From Quebec

Travelers from Canada now have two new Mexican destinations to choose from for the winter period. In the last few days, some of Canada’s low-cost airlines have opened up routes from Québec City, starting from now until early next year to new locations in Mexico.

Air Canada Rogue take off
Air Canada Rouge is one of two airlines offering Mexcian winter flights. Photo: lasta29 via Wikimedia Commons

A Mexican Getaway

It’s now even easier for Canadian travelers to get away to Mexico this winter. Both Air Canada Rouge and Sunwing are expanding their network and hitting some of the most popular destinations in the country.

Sunwing on tarmac
Sunwing is updating its Mexican offering. Photo: Mark King via Wikimedia Commons

Low-cost carrier Sunwing will be offering flights to colonial Mazatlán each week from now until 14th April 2020. The airline completed its first inaugural flight from Québec City to colonial Mazatlán on 18th December, welcomed by a particularly colorful and cultural ceremony at the airport.

The service will now operate between Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) and Mazatlán International Airport (MZT) once a week. It adds to the Mexican offering already available from Quebec. Passengers are able to fly to Puerto Vallarta and Cancún from YBQ with Sunwing in addition to Mazatlán.

But Air Canada Rouge also has a new Mexican offering. As of 21st December 2019, it will be offering one flight a week on Saturdays from Québec City to Cancún and back.

Both airlines have said that these new destinations provide the perfect opportunity for locals to get away for the winter and enjoy some much-needed warmth. In a press release, the Sunwing General Manager spoke highly of the inaugural route. Lyne Chayer said:

“We are excited to be offering travellers in the provincial capital with even more ways to Vacation Better down south this winter. We’re sure that Mazatlán’s colonial charm, beautiful beaches and top-rated resorts will make it a favourite amongst sun-seekers looking for a winter escape.”

But whilst both airlines gear up for profitable winter seasons thanks to this new Mexican offering, there is another reason to celebrate.

A gateway of opportunity

Network expansion in itself is exciting, but there’s something more impressive about Air Canada Rouge’s Mexican venture. This marks the first of its international voyages from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). The subsidiary of Air Canada had, until yesterday, been operating international destinations out of other Canadian airports like Montreal and Toronto. However, the airline has now chosen to launch services from Québec City.

Air Canada Rogue flying over city
Air Canada Rogue knows that the route will be a success. Photo: lasta29 via Wikimedia Commons

And that’s significant because it demonstrates Air Canada Rouge’s readiness for expansion. Not only did the airline announce flights to Mexico on 21st December but it also opened up a new route from Québec City to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This service began today (22nd December 2019) and will be flown once a week on Sundays. The route will continue to operate up until 12 April 2020.

The President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport said that the new network was a good indication for future expansion. In a press release from YQB, Stéphane Poirier said:

“This announcement is the result of a successful and profitable partnership between Air Canada and YQB.”

And Air Canada Rouge knows that the service will be a success. It already has an extensive offering to the Caribbean islands and the new route will only attract more customers to visit. For Air Canada Rouge, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Where will it go next?